The upcoming year will feature virtual Jewish Book Council
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2020 4PM
David G. Marwell, former director of the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City, worked on the Mengele case at the Justice Department’s Office of Special Investigations in the 1980s. A historian who has served and led a number of government and nonprofit institutions, he lives in University Park, Maryland, with his wife, Judith.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2020 4PM
Rachel Levin is a freelance journalist who was the first San Francisco restaurant critic for Eater, and has written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, Lucky Peach, and Sunset, among other publications. Rachel recently launched a new semi-regular column in the San Francisco Chronicle’s Food section on restaurant regulars, illustrated by George McCalman. Her work has twice been included in Best Food Writing anthologies, and she has contributed to AMP’s Marketplace and Pop-Up magazine. She is the author of Look Big: And Other Tips for Surviving Animal Encounters of All Kinds (Ten Speed, 2018).
SUNDAY, JANUARY 17, 2021 4PM
Howard Blum is the author of The New York Times bestseller and Edgar Award winner American Lightning as well as Wanted!, The Gold of Exodus, Gangland, The Floor of Heaven, and most recently a 2018 New York Times Notable Book, In the Enemy’s House. While at The New York Times, he was twice nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. He is the father of three children and lives in Connecticut.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 24, 2021 4PM
Avram Mlotek is a rabbi, cantor, actor, and writer. A grandchild of Holocaust refugees and Yiddish cultural icons, he has been named as one of “America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis” by The Forward (and that was before he co-officiated a wedding with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.) He is a founder of Base, an international home-centered ministry that works with millennial Jews worldwide, where he serves as Director of Spiritual Life.
SUNDAY, APRIL 18, 2021 4PM
Thelma Adams is a prominent film critic and outspoken voice in the Hollywood community. She returns to the JBC with Bittersweet Brooklyn, her second female driven historical novel about the Jewish experience following the bestselling “The Last Woman Standing.” The former in-house critic for The NY Post and Us Weekly has also written for the New York Times, O: The Oprah Magazine, and AARP.
SUNDAY, MAY 2, 2021 12 Noon
at Temple Sinai, Middletown
Edward Berenson is professor of history and chair of the history department at NYU. Before coming to NYU in 1998, he taught for many years at UCLA. He is the author or editor of eight books on 19th and 20th century French, British, and U.S. history. He has published op-eds in the New York Times and in leading French papers, and he comments for the French media about American politics and public life. In 1999, he received the American Historical Association’s Eugene Asher Distinguished Teaching Award, and in 2006 he was decorated by former French president Jacques Chirac as “Chevalier dans l’Ordre de Merit.”
SUNDAY, JUNE 6, 2021 4PM
Jennifer Cody Epstein is the author of the international bestseller The Painter from Shanghai, and The Gods of Heavenly Punishment, and winner of the 2013 Asian Pacific Association of Librarians Honor award for outstanding fiction. She has written for The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Self, Mademoiselle, and many others. She has an MFA in fiction from Columbia University and an MA in international affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters.
SUNDAY, JULY 11, 2021 4PM
David E. Lowe retired as Vice President for Government Relations and Public Affairs for the bipartisan National Endowment for Democracy in 2016, which he joined in 1989. Dr. Lowe has taught at three universities, consulted for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and UN Watch, and worked in the Civil Rights Division of the Anti-Defamation League. He won the 2019 National Jewish Book Award for Biography.